The actor, who was diagnosed with lymphoma, shared that his prognosis is good.
Actor Jeff Bridges announced on Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
In an announcement on social media, the “Big Lebowski” actor didn’t mince words about the seriousness of his diagnosis.
With a nod to one of his signature characters, Bridges began his statement by writing, “As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.”
“I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma,” he continued. “Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.”
Bridges confirmed that he started treatment and he will “keep you posted on my recovery.”
The Academy Award-winning actor, 70, extended his sincerest gratitude to all those that have rallied around him, writing that he’s “profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.” He ended his statement by encouraging people to vote on Nov. 3.
“We are all in this together,” he stated.
Lymphoma is cancer of the body’s lymphatic system, which helps fight germs according to the Mayo Clinic. The organization added that treatment for the disease varies, but may involve chemotherapy, immunotherapy medications, radiation therapy, a bone marrow transplant or some combination thereof.
Jeff Bridges announced Monday night that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma.
The actor, 70, shared the news in a series of tweets.
“As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light,” he wrote, referencing his iconic role in “The Big Lebowski.”
“I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good,” he said. “I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.”
As the Dude would say.. New S**T has come to light.
I have been diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although it is a serious disease, I feel fortunate that I have a great team of doctors and the prognosis is good.
I’m starting treatment and will keep you posted on my recovery.
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
He also shared the news on Facebook and Instagram.
Bridges did not share any details about his prognosis or what stage the illness was at. Lymphoma is a blood cancer that affects lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against bacteria and viruses. According to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, both non-cancerous and cancerous lymphocytes can travel and spread throughout the body.
There are multiple different types of lymphoma, including Hodgkin and Non-Hogdkin lymphoma. Bridges did not specify which he had been diagnosed with.
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Fans and followers quickly filled the comments section of the post with well-wishes.
“Sending you and your family love and healing,” wrote actor Patricia Arquette.
“You’re a fighter,” added George Takei. “You can beat this.”
Many chimed in with “Big Lebowski”-themed messages.
“If anyone can abide this with grace, we know it’s you dude,” wrote one fan, along with a GIF from the famous 1998 movie.
“I’m sorry to hear this. I’m hoping for your full recovery, and know that ‘the Dude’ will abide,” wrote another Twitter user.
Users also added prayers for a speedy recovery and positive prognosis.
“Our thoughts go out to Jeff and his family during this challenging time and they have our love and support. We wish him a safe and full recovery,” FX, Touchstone Television, Hulu and FXP said in a statement to Variety; Bridges stars in the FX on Hulu series “The Old Man,” which was supposed to air in June before COVID-19 halted production. “And, as Jeff always says, ‘We are all in this together.’ Jeff, we are all in this together with you.”
In a second post, Bridges thanked family and friends for their “love and support.”
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
Thank you for